The Jason ROV (Credit: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Researchers will be using the Remotely Operated Vehicle Jason to study microbes on the Pacific Ocean floor. Exploration will be focused on thermal vents, where many bacteria, archaea and other creatures live in the extreme conditions.
A host of sensors are mounted on ROV Jason to monitor water chemistry at the ocean floor. The researchers have already successfully sampled bacteria via custom PVC colonizers. A grey biofilm slime, which microbes produce to stick to surfaces and grow, was found on colonizers deployed during the first dive.
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Image: The Jason ROV (Credit: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)